Despite their best efforts, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are consistently dominated by Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton.
As the royal family’s public appearances pick up again following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the ascension of King Charles III, Prince Harry and Markle have found a way to keep themselves in the spotlight.
The couple continue to make headlines as Prince Harry is set to release a tell-all book and the two have starred in a controversial six-part Netflix series about their time as royals. “Harry & Meghan” will be released by the streaming platform on December 8.
But royal experts say Prince William and Princess Kate will continue to outshine them because “they are a monarchy”.
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“Harry and Meghan are news at the moment. They’re next door to the royals, which gives them the limelight and airtime, but what does it take to keep them in the spotlight after Netflix and the book?” This was reported by royal expert Shannon Felton Spence. “They’ve built their entire careers to pit themselves against any institution that gives them any shine.”
“The Prince and Princess of Wales don’t need to play this game,” he added. “They’re a monarchy. They always will be. It doesn’t get old. The monarchy has been around for thousands of years. Celebrities always rise and fall. In 10 years, Meghan could make a 90-minute celebratory movie. For Netflix. Catherine never, never. not in this case.
Holding the Diplomatic Corps banquet on the same night as the Wave of Hope Awards was a “masterstroke” by the institute, Felton Spence said. Markle and Harry were honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation for Human Rights at an awards ceremony in New York City on Tuesday.
Markle wore an off-the-shoulder white dress – perhaps taking a cue from Princess Kate’s fashion book – and accessorised with the late Princess Diana’s ‘Liberty Ring’. The late princess started wearing the ring after her divorce from then-Prince Charles.
However, Princess Kate stole the show when she arrived at the Diplomatic Corps lobby in a floor-length red dress complete with a tiara.
“Tiaras, sashes and pomp may not keep Harry and Meghan off the front pages, but they won’t compete in the long run,” he said. “Newness erodes popularity and community. That’s one of the reasons they have to constantly reinvent themselves and outdo themselves to stay relevant. You can’t outdo royalty.”
“Last week on Earthshot [Prize] “I’m amazed at how different the awards are from the glory,” continued Felton Spence. – We think they are closely related, but they are not. Royalty is in a different stratosphere and that was evident at Earthshot, where you could see the two of them side by side and see how the crowd reacted to them.”
Markle wore an emerald green dress to a fundraiser in Indiana a few days ago. Princess Kate also attended the Earthshot event in a green dress, but she accessorized with a choker worn many times by the late Princess Diana.
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Royal expert and host of the To Di For podcast, Kinsey Schofield, noted that Prince William and Princess Kate responded to Meghan and Harry’s attempts to redirect public attention ahead of their appearance at the Earthshot Awards.
“I think we saw the Prince and Princess of Wales’ reaction to Harry and Meghan’s shenanigans on full display in Boston,” Schofield said. “They were confident, they were diligent and it was business as usual. I think their strategy at this point is that any answer lies with them. They have a very important job to do now and that is to keep the strength and love for the monarchy that the queen has left. .”
Schofield claimed that the Prince and Princess of Wales’ constant non-responsiveness caused Markle and Prince Harry’s unhappiness while working for the royals.
“At the end of the day, I think what makes Harry and Meghan so unhappy is that the Sussexes don’t bend when it comes to conflict,” he explained, “hence the hierarchy comments in the trailer. There is a real difference between maturity and duty. between two spouses.”
Royal expert Hilary Fordwich says that if Prince William and Princess Kate respond to the Netflix “documentary”, they will do so with “dignity”.
“Prince Harry said in his Netflix documentary that ‘leaking stories and … planting’ were part of the ‘dirty game.’ aimed at dragging it into the ditch,” Fordwich said. “How will the royal family react now that these documentaries are out? Will they react? Maybe not, times are changing. So let’s see what we know and what we can believe.”
“They can be trusted to be respected,” he added. “Dignity is a great treasure of Britain and the Commonwealth and an aspect of the Royal Family that the late QEII represented so well. If there is such a ‘game’, the Royal Family is in the long game and everything that is respectable and trustworthy.” protects. long-term.”
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A picture of Princess Kate wearing a tiara at the Diplomatic Corps reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night is a prime example of who the “real royals” are, Schofield said.
“The Princess of Wales in her tiara reminds me of true royals. Ones who put duty before dollars or drama. Catherine is the next Queen Consort and I think people are looking forward to her time in the spotlight.” .
“It’s a reminder that Catherine won her place with patience and respect for the establishment, and I think many people will be eternally grateful that Prince William is the heir.”
The tiara worn by Princess Kate was the Lotus Flower Tiara. She was first seen wearing the headdress in 2015 at a state banquet in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping, said royal fashion expert Miranda Holder.
According to Holder, the Lotus Flower Tiara, composed of sparkling papyrus and pearls, was originally a necklace given to the Queen Mother by King George VI.
“According to tiara etiquette, they should only be worn by married royal women and it is considered unseemly to wear them before 6pm,” he said.
“They were originally intended to be worn so that the jewelry was flush with the face so that they could be admired because they cast a flattering light on the wearer, but they were occasionally worn on the forehead in a 1920s bandeau. ‘ style, popularized by Princess Diana with her Emerald Art Deco choker, but today the most popular placement is at the back of the head at a 45-degree angle.